Geoff Lawson

Country: Australia
Born: December 07, 1957, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Geoff Lawson Bio

Geoffrey Francis Lawson, popularly known as Geoff Lawson, is a former Australian cricketer hailing from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Born on December 7, 1957, Lawson made a significant impact on Australian cricket both as a player and as a coach.

Lawson, despite being an optometrist by training, found himself drawn towards cricket from an early age. Standing tall and possessing a lively-paced outswing, he became a force to be reckoned with in the fast bowling department. His aggressive and competitive nature made him a fierce competitor on the field.

Lawson first caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts in the 1978-79 Test series when he made headlines by hitting the renowned English batsman Geoff Boycott. This incident proved to be a catalyst for his career, as he went on to represent Australia with great distinction.

Throughout his international career, Lawson showcased his talent and skill, taking a total of 180 Test wickets for his country. One of his most memorable performances came during the 1982-83 Ashes series in which he recorded career-best match figures of 11 for 134 in Brisbane, earning him recognition as the leading wicket-taker of the series.

Aside from his success on the field, Lawson made a significant impact as captain of the New South Wales team. He enforced a philosophy of “get on or get out,” leading his team to multiple state titles. His leadership style had a lasting influence on future Australian Test captains, such as Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh.

Recognized and admired for his tall stature and fiery pace, Lawson earned the nickname “Henry” after the Australian bush poet. Even after his retirement from playing cricket, he remained closely associated with the game as an analyst and spectator. His deep understanding and insight into the sport made him a valuable commentator and pundit.

In July 2007, Lawson accepted the challenging role of coaching the Pakistan national cricket team, succeeding Bob Woolmer in this position. Leading the team to the T20 World Cup final in 2009, he demonstrated his coaching prowess. However, his tenure was not without challenges, as he faced difficulties with the PCB officials and the local media.

Lawson’s time as the coach of the Pakistan team came to an abrupt end when his contract was not renewed by the newly appointed PCB chief, Ijaz Butt. Despite this setback, he left behind a lasting legacy, leaving an indelible mark on both Australian and Pakistani cricket.

Geoff Lawson’s contribution to cricket, both as a player and a coach, cannot be understated. His aggressive and competitive nature, coupled with his outstanding skills, made him a formidable presence on the cricket field. With his determination, strategic mindset, and strong leadership qualities, Lawson continues to be celebrated as a true legend of the game.

Geoff Lawson Career Stats

Geoff Lawson Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 46 68 12 894 74 15.96 - - 0 4 100 1 10 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 79 52 18 378 33* 11.11 500 75.6 0 0 - 4 18 0
FC 191 225 44 2683 74 14.82 - - 0 8 - - 75 0
List A 130 68 23 493 39 10.95 - - 0 0 - - 33 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Geoff Lawson Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 46 78 11118 5501 180 8/112 11/134 30.56 2.96 61.7 6 11 2
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 79 79 4259 2592 88 4/26 4/26 29.45 3.65 48.3 1 0 0
FC 191 - 37316 16564 666 8/112 - 24.87 2.66 56 - 28 2
List A 130 - 6832 4153 149 4/26 4/26 27.87 3.64 45.8 2 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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